ICBL: Five Countries Violating Mine Ban Treaty

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines has condemned the UK, Venezuala, Greece, Turkey and Belarus for violating provisions of the Mine Ban Treaty.

The UK and Venezuala were criticized for failing to meet their mine clearance obligations. Specifically, the UK has not yet developed a plan to clear the minefields in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and so is requesting an extension on its mine clearance deadline.

“It is not acceptable that countries such as the United Kingdom and Venezuela, both with relatively little mine contamination, have failed to clear a single mined area in the last nine years and expect to be granted extensions to their mine clearance deadlines,” said Stuart Casey-Maslen of Landmine Monitor.

The UK Foreign Office argues difficult terrain and the remoteness of the islands would make demining complex and costly.  Meanwhile many islanders themselves feel clearance is unnecessary, given the low human impact of the mines.  Instead, UK-based charity Landmine Action has suggested the UK government clear an area equivalent to the mined area in the Falklands/Malvinas in a more severely mine-impacted country, as a “humanitarian fine.”

The Campaign also decried Greece, Turkey and Belarus’ failures to meet deadlines to destroy the landmines in their stockpiles.

See the Campaign’s statement here.

~ by Matthew Bolton on 24 November 2008.

One Response to “ICBL: Five Countries Violating Mine Ban Treaty”

  1. […] Last week the International Campaign to Ban Landmines had called attention to the UK’s violation of the ban convention as they had made no plans for clearance, which is required by Article 5 of the treaty.  See my earlier post on this. […]

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